Robust Logistics Needed to Secure Intense Installation Process (UK)
The foundation installation has had a good start, and the installation vessels Svanen and Goliath have already managed to place 20 monopiles and 11 transition pieces in Walney 2.
However, for the last almost two weeks, the installation has been influenced by unfavourable weather conditions, but despite the wind, there have been minor weather windows when it has been possible to work offshore.
Due to the excellent start of the foundation activities, the logistical setup has been upgraded, and an additional barge was put into service in order to secure sufficient supplies of transition pieces from Germany.
At the same time, all array cables for Walney 2 have arrived on the site in Barrow and are now tested after the transport.
About the Walney offshore windfarm:
The Walney Offshore Windfarm project is located approximately 15km west of Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. The project consists of Walney 1 and Walney 2 each with 51 – 3.6MW turbines, giving a total capacity of the Walney project of 367.2MW. The rotor diameter of the turbines is 107m for Walney 1 and 120m for Walney 2, with a maximum height of 150m from blade tip to sea level. The total area of the development is some 73km2.
Source: dongenergy, May 19, 2011